PROSPERITY —The Lady Bulldogs ended their season on a 12-game winning streak Saturday with a 66-41 victory over Mid-Carolina. NHS trailed Mid-Carolina just once in their contest Saturday at the MCHS gym after the Rebels made the opening basket.
From there, Newberry went on an 11-0 run forcing Mid-Carolina to call a time-out with 5:24 left in the opening stanza. With the win, the Dogs went undefeated in regional play for the second time in five years.
Coach Melissa Mendenhall said the leadership of senior point guard Arnasia Boyd was the difference maker in the season, though with depth, hustle and team work, her girls made their own luck against the Rebels.
Newberry had more shots early in the game, 10 to just for four the Rebels, helping NHS to a 22-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Rebels played tough though and kept the margin at ten until just before the half when Newberry added a point to go into the locker room leading 37-26.
With 5:15 remaining in the half, Mid-Carolina had whittled the lead to 22-20, but then the Dogs went on a 5-0 run. Ninety seconds later, they led 28-22.
Newberry had almost as many field shots (eight) in the third quarter as Mid-Carolina did in the Rebels’ last three quarters combined, nine.
Tyshiria Bates led the Newberry scoring with 18 points which was split exactly in half between the first and third quarters.
Kelsey Felks finished with 17 points while Nigeria Davis just missed the double digit scoring with nine points.
Maya Miller and Arnasia Boyd finished with six points apiece, Esha Mathis and Octavia Grand-Goodman saw four points apiece drop in while the Newberry scoring ended with the two points of Alia Hunter as Newberry improves to 12-7 on the season.
The Lady Rebels (12-11 overall. 5-5 in the region) were led by the 11 points of Alexis Fowler as she was the only player in the game to score in each of the four quarters.
Alix Green scored 10 points in the first half while Jalesa Ruff scored nine.
Meanwhile, Bri Stewart scored five points, Kiasia Hunter finished with four while the Mid-Carolina scoring ended with the two points of Shanice Boyd.
The Lady Rebels will travel to Blacksburg on Thursday while Newberry will host an opponent to be announced also on Thursday.